For a guy that just hosts a talk show, David Letterman sure does attract a lot of vitriol. First was that extortion unpleasantness a couple years back, and now Muslim fundamentalists are calling for his assassination, even though I’m pretty sure killing a talk show host is just “murder,” not an “assassination.”
EW describes the incident thusly:
Letterman (who, by the way, is not Jewish) apparently recently mocked the death of accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan in June. The poster said Letterman put a hand to his neck and demonstrated the “way of slaughter.”
Inaccurately miming the death of a terrorist? I had no idea!
Authorities are saying that this threat is more specific and direct than the South Park affair last year, making it inherently more real. It doesn’t appear an investigation is being launched stateside, and terrorism experts have urged Letterman to take as much caution as he would with a worrisome fan.
“We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck,” Umar al-Basrawi wrote.
Hey, Umar al-Basrawi: You’re an asshole. you can’t just go asking for paralyzed tongues and necks for monotheists whenever someone says something you don’t like. It’s shitty behavior.